Active shooter reported at North Carolina's Topsail High School

The Topsail High School campus in Hampstead is shut down and all other schools in eastern Pender County are on lockdown

A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina turned out to be malfunctioning water heater.

The call came in around 6:30 a.m. local time, ABC is reporting.

Schools in eastern Pender County, North Carolina are on lockdown after reports of an "active shooter situation" was reported at Topsail High School.

"What I'm hearing is that it's a false alarm".

Brown said that apparently there is a defective steam water heater that causes a piece of equipment to slam shut, causing a loud noise that sounds like gunfire.

The sheriff's spokesman said law enforcement officers were still searching the campus as a precaution but preliminary reports indicate that it was faulty equipment.

The Pender County Sheriff's Office is expected to hold a press conference sometime Friday morning. The school district asked staff from Topsail elementary, middle and high schools to meet at the grocery store.

According to the school website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

WECT reported that officers and deputies from the Topsail Police Department, the Pender County Sheriff's Office and UNC-Wilmington were at the scene, and the school campus was sealed off. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

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